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Nadarajah Nithiyakumar Biography
A merchant who slaughtered his two sons and later claimed to have been sent to a psychiatric hospital indefinitely.
Nadarajah Nithiyakumar, 41, killed Pavinya, 18 months, and his brother Nigish, three, while his wife was in the shower during the lockdown on April 26.
He told his mother, Nisanthini: ‘I have cut up the children’ when she entered the bedroom and found him standing over them with a knife covered in blood.
The delusional father told doctors that he had been “frustrated” because he suspected that customers were trying to torment him at CVS Superstore in Hainault, Essex, and that Scotland Yard was “following” him.
He contemplated “suicide” when his shift ended and decided to kill himself and his children when he returned to his small apartment in Aldborough Parade, Ilford.
The father believed that his children would become ‘naughty’ if they were left without a father and decided to end their lives before theirs.
Without warning, the ‘quiet’ and ‘loving’ husband picked up two kitchen knives while the unconscious mother was in the bathroom and ‘unleashed the horror’.
Ms Nithiyakumar was later heard yelling, ‘My husband cut off my babies’ on a call to 999 before police arrived at the address and found him ‘hysterical’ at 5.37pm.
Baby Pavinya was pronounced dead at the scene and Nigish was rushed to the Royal London Hospital, where he died two hours later.
Nithiyakumar was put into an induced coma after stabbing himself in the neck and chest with a third knife during the attack, the court heard.
He survived the surgery and asked officers how his wife and children were doing when he was arrested at the hospital on suspicion of murder upon awakening.
The father then described to the police ‘in detail’ how he killed his sons with a knife because he believed they would suffer without him.
Assisted on the pier today by a Tamil interpreter, Nithiyakumar appeared in a dark blue hoodie and a surgical mask.
He remained expressionless throughout the sentence, having admitted two counts of involuntary manslaughter for diminished responsibility at an earlier hearing.
The allegations were accepted by the prosecution as minor alternatives to murder.
Nadarajah Nithiyakumar 41 admitted to manslaughter after slitting the throats of his two young children. He has been sent to a psychiatric hospital of treatment indefinitely
The prosecutor Duncan Atkinson QC told the court: ‘It was on Sunday April 26 of this year that, motivated by the delusional disorder he suffered and without prior notice, the defendant killed his 18-month-old and three-year-old children by cutting their throats with a knife before to seek also to hurt himself.
“The accused is 40 years old and was born in Sri Lanka in September 1979. He arrived in this country in 1999, where he was first granted asylum and then citizenship.
“He married his wife who is present in 2012. She describes him as a very calm and uncommunicative man, however he was not aware of any problems such as money, drink, drugs or problems with his mental health.
She said in her witness statement that he would keep to himself, he would not share conversation with her, he was very quiet and he would not speak much.
She says she would share everything with him and he wouldn’t do the same. However, he was affectionate towards [her] and the children.
“ He cooked and did housework and, apart from his calm, he was a good husband.
‘The defendant at the time worked at CVS Superstore in Hainault. He had worked there for a few years and had previously worked at Tesco. ”
Mental health services had known Nithiyakumar since 2010, when they prescribed antipsychotic drugs, but he had ‘sporadic’ contact with them.
18-month-old Pavinya (pictured left) was pronounced dead at the scene, while three-year-old Nigash (right) was rushed to hospital in Whitechapel but also died +4
Pavinya (pictured left), 18 months old, was pronounced dead at the scene, while Nigash (right), three years old, was rushed to Whitechapel Hospital but also died.
A decade before the tragedy, he began to believe that Scotland Yard was following him and that unknown adversaries had formed “opinions about his sexuality”.
The prosecutor said the father described himself as “more frustrated than angry” when he became convinced that others were “gossiping” about him after moving to the UK in 1999.
But it seemed “normal” to those who saw it hours before the bloodbath and had no problems with buyers.
The prosecutor continued: “His employer found him to be a calm and quiet individual. After the incident, he was to refer to the problems he had at Tesco after a prolonged absence in India, which implied the belief that others were gossiping about him.
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The psychiatric report also reports that it was around this time, 2010, that he came to the attention of mental health services and was prescribed antipsychotic medications. Her contact with mental health services was sporadic thereafter.
The defendant was working at the CVS Superstore on April 26 and those who saw him there appeared to be his normal self.
Neither employers nor colleagues were aware of any problems between the defendant and the clients that day.
“He entered the floor as normal and again without any indication of the horror that was about to unleash inside him.”
‘She was understandably and extremely distressed on the 999 call but she did say: “My husband cut my babies.” The police arrived at their flat at 5.37pm. They found Ms Nithiyakumar screaming and hysterical
Just over an hour later, at 5.39 p.m., the owner of the store next door, Mr. Sivasthusanem, heard the sound of screaming coming from the floor, the court heard.
“ He went to investigate and discovered that the source of the screams was the defendant’s wife.
‘She (Nithiyakumar’s wife) at that time was already looking to call the emergency services.
‘She had seen the defendant standing with a knife in his hand and said: “I have cut the children.”
He said: ‘There is a problem at my workplace. I’m going to die. The police are looking for me. If they get the kids they’ll spoil them, that’s why I did this to the kids. ‘
“She was understandably and extremely distressed on the 999 call, but said, ‘My husband cut off my babies.’ The police arrived at 5.37 in the afternoon. They found Ms. Nithiyakumar screaming and hysterical.
‘[The children] were lying on the bed. Each had suffered neck injuries.
‘There was a lot of blood there and also in the shower which is where the knife was recovered. It was a kitchen knife with a five to six inch blade.
Police and the London Ambulance Service tried to provide treatment, but despite best efforts on their part, Pavinya was pronounced dead at the scene.
His older brother was still alive with a cut on his neck from which the air was leaking. Despite medical treatment at the Royal London Hospital, Nigish was confirmed dead at 7.42pm that night.
An autopsy revealed that Nigish died from a neck wound that pierced his pharynx and larynx.
Pavinya suffered a similar injury that penetrated the trachea and left jugular vein.
Atkinson said: “He told police that he couldn’t handle himself just because he was depressed and stressed. He said that while he was working at the store, customers had molested him, an account that was not confirmed by CCTV.
He said that on the way home he thought about committing suicide. Because he committed suicide, they would drink alcohol and smoke cannabis.
Therefore, he had decided to kill his children as well. He told the police that he intended to kill them.
The father said he felt that “60%” of the clients had been bent on meddling with him by deliberately blowing “alcohol fumes” when he was evaluated by a psychiatrist.
Summarizing Nithiyakumar’s account of the events leading up to the tragedy, Dr. Nigel Blackwood wrote in a report: “He thought about killing himself; dying would be better than living. He thought that if he died, his children would be bad, smoke cannabis, drink alcohol and become criminals.
Therefore, he decided to kill them. When his wife got into the shower, he took two knives from the kitchen and cut their throats on Pavinya and Nigish while they slept.
His wife came out of the bathroom and took a knife from him. She picked up another knife, cut her neck and stabbed herself in the chest.
In a heartbreaking written statement read in court, the mother recalled the ‘perfect’ and ‘helpful’ Nigish and the ‘playful’ Pavinya.
She said in full: ‘I feel very empty in life. I am constantly thinking what is the meaning of living. This has had a devastating impact on my life, losing my two beautiful children.
“I never expected this incident to happen in my life and as a mother I would outlive my children.
“The day I saw what I had done to them, I couldn’t understand if it was a dream or a nightmare, but those shocking images will never leave me.
“After my children were born, I was the happiest woman in the world. Every minute that I spent with my children. They were my happiest moments. They were both my world and I adored them.
“ I spent all my time with them, even when I went to the bathroom, they cried for me. Of course they loved their dad, but they were very close to me.
‘Nigish was such an active kid that he had just started talking and he was going to be a very inspiring kid who could read nursery rhymes and the alphabet.
“ He would show a lot of appreciation when we praise him, for having such a lovely smile and personality. He was playful and loved being outside playing and watching the buses go by. He never had a problem and was the perfect boy.
‘He loved playing with his building blocks and toys. I miss so much watching him play with his toys.
Pavinya was part of a twin that I lost. She was a blessing and a miracle. I was very worried during my pregnancy and worried, but I was relieved when she was born healthy.
‘I loved my children so much. She wanted them to be happy and to be their own heroes in everything they did. I felt that they were very smart for their age, which made me very happy and proud. ”
The court heard that Nithiyakumar has been receiving treatment at the John Howard Center, where doctors have said he continues to display “very chronic delusions of persecution.”
Steven Perian, QC, defending, said the ‘tragedy’ had devastated the lives of both parents.